The Basic Phonogram Flash Cards are intentionally printed without pictures with a standard black font. There are three reasons Logic of English does not add images to the phonogram cards:
- Many phonograms in English make more than one sound. Including an image gives the impression that the phonogram makes only one sound, which can generate unnecessary exceptions in students' minds. A classic example is linking a picture of an apple with the phonogram “a.” Students are led to believe that A says only /ă/, leaving /ā/ as in paper and /ä/ as in water as exceptions.
- Images create an indirect memory link between the phonogram and the sound. Students should primarily reinforce the connection between the sound(s) and the phonogram rather than with any competing images.
- A clean, simple font eliminates visual distraction. Some students who struggle with reading also struggle with knowing where to focus on the page. With our visually simple cards there is no distraction, allowing students to focus on drawing a clear connection between the image of the phonogram and the sound(s).